Two prominent Liberians are calling on President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf to abstain from taken side in the ongoing Speaker Alex Tyler recusal saga by some of his colleagues who are demanding that he should at all cost recuse himself from presiding over legislative session.
Both Cllr. Dempster Brown, a Human Rights Lawyer and Mr. Benoni Urey, political leader of the All Liberia Party (ALP) speaking at separate programs over the weekend called on the Liberian leader to abstain herself from the ongoing crisis at the national legislature involving some members under the banner ‘The Majority Bloc’ who have vowed to unseat their Speaker if he fails to recues himself from presiding over session.
The ‘Majority Bloc’ headed by the Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hans Barchu last week reportedly wrote a communication to the Executive Branch, including the Central Bank of Liberia and the Ministry of Finance, Development and Planning not to do business with Speaker Tyler who they said has been indicted by the Global Witness report regarding his alleged receiving of bribe from the Stable Mining, and his refusal to recues himself.
Both Liberians said the matter involving the Speaker and his colleagues was purely a ‘Legal Matter’ and was wrong for the Liberian leader to take a side in the issue, stressing, “It is completely wrong for the President to side with a renegade group,” Mr. Urey and Cllr. Brown addressing themselves noted.
Cllr. Brown spoke on the issue during an exclusive interview with reporters in Monrovia, and also warned the Liberian leader not to temple with the legal process involving the Speaker and his colleagues.
For his part, the political leader of the All Liberia Party, Mr. Urey spoke on the matter over the weekend when he addressed group of motorcyclists in Kakata, Margibi County during the official launch of the group’s office in the County.
With these statements coming from two of Liberia’s prominent individuals, some Liberians who spoke to the GNN say they are now convinced that Speaker Tyler has a legal backing for his refusal to listen to the renegade group who are demanding his recusal from session.
At one of his press conferences, Speaker Tyler accused President Sirleaf of personally dishing out huge cash to the renegade group in the amount of US$10,000.00 to each of the anti-Tyler support, allegedly to strengthen them in the fight against the Speaker.
This information of the Liberian leader dishing out cash to the anti-Tyler bloc has not been verified by President Sirleaf regarding to the authenticity of this allegation.